2018 Tour Programme
VIETNAM: Vietnam War Aviation Sites, Museums & Collections, Gate Guardians, Cu Chi Tunnels, DMZ and My Lai (227819)
2nd - 17th March TRAVELLED
Although visits to the Vietnamese Air Force are not currently possible, there is still a lot of aviation to see: from the Vietnam War of the 1960/70s. Visiting all the major, and some less well-known, museums and collections plus some famous – and infamous – battle sites, there is something of interest to please enthusiasts of aviation and/or military history. Our tour will include some sightseeing as it would be a shame to go all that way and not see some of this beautiful country and its friendly and hospitable people. For non-aviation/military history enthusiasts there is the possibility of optional tours and visits. If you are looking to visit a country that is generally ‘off the beaten track’ aviation wise, then look no further.
UK: 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force (227800)
30th June - 17th July TRAVELLED
In what is a very historic year for British aviation, 2018 sees the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force: the world’s first autonomous ‘air force’. We spend 2 days at RIAT, visit Coningsby for the launch and recovery of 27 Typhoon and Tornado aircraft taking part in the Air Parade over London and attend the special air show at Duxford! Our tour visits various aviation places that are part of that history: from the early days of the RFC and RNAS right up to the present day. The RAF’s biggest celebration of the anniversary will be at the Royal International Air Tattoo; and the Shuttleworth Collection’s “Military Pageant” air display: the first covers mainly the modern era of jet-power; the second, WW II with its warbirds; and the third, WW I and the Edwardian age – we attend all 3! During our travels we visit aviation museums and collections large and small; historic places and sites – including the only surviving, original WW I airfield and the ‘birthplace’ of the RAF: Farnborough. Away from aviation there is also time at leisure in historic places just look at the fabulous itinerary. Book now to avoid disappointment!
USA: Oshkosh 2018 - 9-day tour - The largest aviation event in the world! (227822)
22nd - 30th July TRAVELLED
There is nothing remotely like the EAA’s Airventure show in Oshkosh; it is by far the largest aviation event held on the planet. It caters for all aspects of aviation: civil, home-builds/kits, general aviation, classic and antiques, microlights and warbirds. Fixed wing, rotary wing, land and seaplanes. Only ballooning is not catered for. With over 800 exhibitors, hundreds of technical workshops, seminars and presentations, thousands upon thousands of aircraft flying in and a daily flying programme and airshow there is a LOT to see. Our 6 full days at Oshkosh lets you enjoy the event at a leisurely pace. You also have the option of a 7-days extension to Indiana, Ohio and Washington DC to visit the National Museum of the US Air Force, the Air and Space Museum and the Steven Udvar-Hazy Centre. Time also for explore the American capital as you wish.
USA: Pensacola & Nellis (227814)
2nd - 12th November TRAVELLED
The US Air Force recently announced that the 2018 Nellis Airshow was cancelled. In a change to our original itinerary whilst we will still attend the Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow on NAS Pensacola, visit the National Naval Aviation Museum and the US Armament Museum on Eglin AFB but replacing Nellis will be 1½ days at the ‘Father Crowley Lookout’ atop Rainbow Canyon! Here we will capture the low flying, high speed jets streaking along the “Jedi Transition” low level route. In Tucson, Arizona there is Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson ANG, AMARG, various boneyards and optional flights around AMARG and Marana; and spend the best part of a day outside the busiest airbase of them all: Luke, with its 170 F-16's and 55 F-35's (windscreen tour of the ramps requested). A great tour and a perfect was to finish your aviation year.